Summertime, and the living is easy … or, at least it should be.
Lately I’ve been struggling with trying to find the right balance between reading, blogging, family, work, fitness, gardening, housework, etc. No surprise to anyone, but allocating more time to one of these means less time for others. Lately I find myself constantly weighing how to spend those precious hours not already devoted to work or sleep. Sometimes I’m worried about giving up time for something I enjoy; at other times I worry about not fulfilling some obligation (usually one of my own creation). But I’m trying to make some changes, a little bit at a time:
- Fitness: this week we re-joined our local YMCA. We discontinued our membership a few years ago, after the kids outgrew the youth sports and we found ourselves primarily using home exercise equipment. But now the kids are older, and we’re all looking for variety. I was surprised how much I enjoyed our first week back at the Y. My daughter and I went three times. We used the fitness center twice, and I now have a nice strength program to complement my cardio. And then we attended a Zumba class, where I behaved like an uncoordinated idiot for an hour but still had fun.
- Family Time: rather than dive into a book straight after dinner, I’m trying to diversify my evening activities. We’ve been catching up on Glee Season 1 (not a particularly intellectual pursuit but relaxing, and something we all enjoy), and my husband and I like doing the New York Times Crossword together. This is our last summer before daughter #1 goes off to college, and I want to make the most of this precious time.
- Blogging: here’s where there may be a knock-on effect. I’m trying hard to spend less time on the computer. And sometimes I don’t feel like writing; I can’t focus enough to come up with a great post idea. This morning I thought the proverbial well had run dry. But then I started to think about that, and decided I’d write about it. Et voila, a post is born.
I’m loving my reading this year, even more than previous years. And I have a great lineup of books ahead, all of which I plan to read and review. I’ll try to continue bringing you other bookish thoughts, but if I’m not inspired, I won’t force it. And hopefully this slowdown will help strike a balance that keeps summer living easy.
OK, now I need to allocate time to one of those other leisure activities. Like my weedy garden. Enjoy your Sunday!
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